Artist Interview : Amy Tompkins

Wall Art

Yes, these are the walls of her home.  The first time I saw the walls I was in mild shock.  I am so not a free spirit.  But I have really learned to love these walls and every time I see them I get caught up in the story they tell.
Collage Art
This is a little cart that is made from childhood books.  It is one of my favorites. It’s really whimsical & nostalgic.  And what a view…I am definitely going to miss this place (Amy is in the process of moving)!

I am really exited to profile my sister and dearest friend, Amy Tompkins.  Amy is a one of kind, as you can see.  She is just as bright and colorful as her art.  And as her meaningful art is made up of layer upon layer so is she.  Amy and I are 5 years apart in age and I’ve always felt miles apart in our personalities.  We are night and day, oil and water and yet somehow, as we are getting a wee bit older, I’m discovering we are very much the same.  I’m starting to really understand the heart and soul behind art and the very deep personal meaning it can have. Mostly, the story it tells of it’s creator.  I’m starting to see my sisters story and not just things that she makes.

Amy has just completed art school and returned from summer classes in Europe.  She is not sure what is next but her life somehow always ends up being an amazing adventure so I know the next chapter is bound to me more thrilling and meaningful than the last.  And as I have mentioned before any sense of style and appreciation for art comes from my sister.  I’ve learned so much from just studying her eye for things.
What Inspires you the most?
It depends on what I’m making.  Any story always starts with music for me.  Anything I make with my hands is usually coming from books and what I am going through at the time.  BUT ABOVE INSPIRING TO CREATE, WHAT INSPIRES ME TO LIVE AND BREATHE IS LOVE.
What is your favorite art form?
I’m currently very into mail art and collaging.  But at the heart of me is movies, because in the movies all art forms are present.
What are your favorite colors?
Green always…that never changes.  But every couple of months I go through different obsessions.  Right now it is mustard yellow and a plumish purple.
*Where are your favorite places to shop for art supplies?
The Science and Surplus Store, The Paper Source, Blick and any hardware store
What is your favorite book and why?
My favorite book is Wuthering Heights and the Bible.  Both books are written by powerful passionate people that used words to pull you into a world of dark and light, evil and good, death and life.  But, really I think both display such wild unabashed love.  I need a certain amount of darkness in a story to keep my spirit moving through it.  And above all else the breathtaking characters planted themselves in my heart as a very young girl.
What is your favorite movie?
The Last of the Mohicans, Bottle Rocket, Roman Holiday, Eagle vs. Shark, Un Chien Andalou (An Andalusian Dog) and THE NEW WORLD
If you had to pick another place to live in the world where would it be?
Iceland, the mythical land of fire and ice
What is the most important thing you have learned at art school?
That we are all creators.  Therefor we are ALL artists.  The doctor, the businessman, even the garbage man.  We are all made in the Creators image so we are all creators, and ART is nothing more than your HEART!!!!!!!


  • annechovie
    Commented on August 25th, 2008 at 11:40pm

    Great interview, Trina. Love your sister's outlook. She's got heart (and art! ;>)

  • Fifi Flowers
    Commented on August 26th, 2008 at 2:08am

    Nice interview! I like that last line… so true!

  • All Things Bright and Beautiful...
    Commented on August 26th, 2008 at 9:35am

    Wow you are an artistic family – your sisters work is beautiful and right up my alley :-)

  • Jules
    Commented on August 26th, 2008 at 9:53am

    wow! what a fantastic interview! your sister is very talented and so full of passion – it’s inspiring to read her answers! my sister is an artist as well and i’ve always admired her very free spirit and the ease of which she lives her life. I’m a bit more complicated and rigid! thanks for sharing :)

  • pve design
    Commented on August 27th, 2008 at 1:00am

    Fun to see how the artistic spirit runs deep in the heart – especially with sisters. Wonderful interview!

  • la la Lovely
    Commented on August 27th, 2008 at 3:24pm

    Thank you all for the lovely comments.. I’m glad you all enjoyed my sister, Amy’s art and interview. She is quite passionate and has so much depth to her that is very inspiring….

    Jules- are you the older sisiter? I could be wrong but just taking a guess.. I’m the older one and I def tend to be more rigid and stay between the lines but it is fun to just step outside of them every once in awhile :)

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